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Globe continues support for frontliners and SMEs in new rollouts of Project HEROES for HEROES

May 28, 2020

Globe myBusiness is shining the spotlight on frontliners working in the service industry with the third and fourth roll outs of its unique collaboration with partner SMEs. The initiative dubbed  “HEROES for HEROES”  aims to extend aid to healthcare frontliners around the country who have been leading the fight against COVID-19, through the distribution of free meal packages produced by partner food SMEs to select partner hospitals. It also seeks to ensure continuity of operations and gains for local food businesses who have been hit the hardest by the onslaught of the pandemic. Under the campaign, Globe myBusiness provided meals for frontliners employed in more than 20 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) specializing in groceries, logistics, and medicines, such as Merry Mart Grocery, Kemp Mart, Unitop Supermarket, Ansaldo Logistics, and Amesco Drugstore. The meals were fully funded by Globe myBusiness and provided by partner restaurants like  121 Restaurant, Northpark Noodles, Bigg’s Diner, Burger Project, and Tuesday Kitchen. “While hospitals are taking care of COVID-19 patients, employees working in supermarkets, groceries, logistic platforms, and drugstores risk their lives daily to serve those under quarantine. We would like to express our gratitude to them by making sure they have the resources they need to stay healthy,” said Celeste Porto, Marketing Head at Globe myBusiness. Additionally, Globe myBusiness recently worked with partner organizations like Let’s Eat Pare Vendors’ Association (LEPA) and the Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc. (AFFI).  Together, they brought 1,500 meals prepared by Tita Adah’s Home Kitchen, Tito George’s Food Products, The Sweet Factory, PACE, and Mrs. Cheffy’s Catering to eight testing centers and quarantine facilities accredited by the Department of Health. These included Detoxicare Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, HOPE I and HOPE II - Community Caring Facility, Delpan Quarantine Facility, Dahlia Hotel, Quezon Institute, Makati Friendship Suites, and the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (Ninoy Aquino Stadium). Project HEROES for HEROES is part of Globe’s ongoing efforts to support partners and customers in the fight against COVID 19. Learn more about how you can continue to #SupportLocalSMEs and be part of #OneGlobeVSCOVID via https://www.facebook.com/globemybusiness/.    

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No commemoration of Marawi siege due to COVID pandemic

May 28, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- Unlike the past two years, the Marawi siege will not push through because of the coronavirus pandemic.  In the last two years, the local government units of Marawi and Lanao del Sur and Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) have led the commemoration of the siege with various activities. National government officials attended the events bringing with them assistance for the internally displaced persons.  In fact, the Marawi Week of Peace is officially celebrated starting a week before May 23.  This year, only 25 soldiers attended the wreath laying at 8:00AM, including the two flag bearers and a priest, with their face masks on.  This year, COVID-19 crisis made the third year commemoration of Marawi siege different.  Marawi City is still under general community quarantine which greatly limits people’s freedom of movement. Mass gatherings are still prohibited.  Last year, the wreath laying ceremony took about 30 minutes including  prayers for the dead but this year, it only took the Army soldiers of 103rd Infantry Brigade 10 minutes to lay wreath and flowers, and say prayers at the ‘Heroes Wall’ inside the brigade headquarters in Kampo Ranao.  Colonel Jose Maria Cuerpo, 103rd Brigade commander, led the troops as they recalled “the sacrifices of the fallen heroes who fought hard to liberate Marawi City from the clutches of the violent extremists Dawlah Islamiyah - Maute Group who attempted to establish a caliphate in the country”.  Cuerpo was the deputy brigade commander during the siege.  "Despite this novel coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19), we have not and will never forget the heroism displayed by our soldiers during the 2017 Marawi siege. I call on the patriotic spirit of all Meranaos to do their part and help maintain the peace we are enjoying today. We were one in this fight, one in the fight against the terror threat in the province," Cuerpo said.  Some 168 soldiers, police officers and civilians who died in the fight against terrorists during the 153 days of the Marawi Siege.  "Unity is a critical consideration in these trying times as manifested during the Marawi siege where the people and the security sector joined hands in fighting the common enemy. Peace and development can be attained. Nothing is impossible if there is cooperation, understanding, and discipline among us," Cuerpo stressed.  "Let the Marawi siege be a reminder to every one of the terror and tragedy caused by the terrorists. Rest assured that your Haribon Brigade will do its best and exert all effort to prevent such tragedy to reoccur, and to promote peace and development in the City of Marawi and the province of Lanao del Sur," he added.  Last year, a banquet was served after the wreath laying but this year, the soldiers immediately dispersed.  “We went back to the office and proceed with our regular office works,” Cuerpo said.  

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Aggie dept lauds food security frontliners, launches Kadiwa online market

May 28, 2020

Cagayan de Oro City, May 26 – Anchored on the theme, “Pagpupugay sa Magsasaka at Mangingisda Natin, Tungo sa Sapat na Pagkain”, the agriculture department in Northern Mindanao (DA-10) joined the simultaneous nationwide celebration of the Farmers and Fisherfolk Month, during the kickoff of its weeklong conduct of Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita until this Friday at the agency grounds. For almost three months operation, the direct marketing scheme under DA has assisted 38 exhibitors, comprising of farmer-associations, individual farmers, merchandisers and partner government agencies and served an estimated 26,718 households in the region. Over the period, the Kadiwa has been held in 52 sites, generating sales amounting to about Php7 million. “We are happy to note that our Kadiwa has served a two-pronged goal of providing fresh, safe, nutritious and affordable products to our consumers at the same time help producers and growers directly link their products to the market,“ Carlota S. Madriaga, Regional Technical Director for Operations of DA-10, in a recognition program dedicated for food security frontliners. This employed marketing approach has eliminated middlemen, which pads the costs of agri-fishery products being bought by consumers, the assistant executive added. Kadiwa, now institutionalized within CdeO City, will be heading out to the different barangays for the week, including Macabalan, Gusa, Macasandig, Kauswagan, Indahag, Patag, Agusan and Iponan. Highlight of the activity include the signing of Memorandum of Agreement between DA-10 and the Department of Agriculture Multi-Purpose Cooperative (DAMPC) for the Kadiwa online market, another marketing platform which paves much ease and convenience of bringing agri-fishery products right at the doorsteps of consumers. “We have partnered with DA-10 through its suppliers. Basically, we will deliver the orders of our consumers either thru call or Facebook, especially for those who cannot possibly go out of their homes to market,” Larry E. Paraluman, DAMPC chair explained. Likewise, a minimal delivery fee will be charged to cover reasonable costs for transportation of the goods, the DAMPC chair detailed, adding that food packages can be delivered on the same day orders are placed while bulk orders can take up about two to three days to be delivered. Citing such development, RTD Madriaga also recognized that this has been the result of the overwhelming response ranging from the consumers, the local governments across Region 10, especially the farmers and fisherfolk. “We would like to thank our suppliers, who have been with us in our Kadiwa from its inception until now. In the process, consumers have reaped benefits in availing agri-fishery products at farmgate prices while farmer- and fisher-producers can sell directly to their consumers, even some of whom have initially thought will be difficult to do amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” the DA-10 official remarked. On top of the agency’s assistance in terms of marketing endeavors via Kadiwa, she also assured the department’s continuous support to them, especially amid the ongoing health crisis such as the distribution of assorted vegetable and corn seeds under the Plant, Plant, Plant program, dispersal of livestock and poultry, provision of rice and fertilizers under the Rice Resiliency Project, farm machineries and equipment, among others. 

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NPA torch houses, church in Opol, Misamis Oriental

May 28, 2020

CAMP OSITO D. BAHIAN, Malaybalay City--Unidentified armed men believed members of the communist New People Army (NPA) set ablaze four houses and a church in the hinterland village of Opol, Misamis Oriental early Thursday morning. Capt. Rene Belmonte, Jr., the spokesperson of the army’s 403rd Brigade, said that the armed men were reportedly enraged when the villagers refused to extend food to them. He said that a village folk reported that the armed men were laughing and shouting: “Mabuhay ang NPA” (Long live, NPA) while fleeing from the area to an unknown direction. Belmonte identified the victim-owners of the houses as Edward Villarias, Ronny Tingkang, Edmar Burlat and Avelinon Sambulay, all village residents of Limonda, Opol, Misamis Oriental. He said that the church building belonged to the “Born Again Christian,” a religious sect. Municipal town Mayor Maximino B Seno, of Opol, condemned the atrocities and pledge to extend assistance to the Limonda victims. Belmonte said that a certain alias “Decoy,” of Guerilla Front 12, Sub Regional Committee 5 (SRC5), North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC), reportedly heads the group. The group operates in the boundaries of Bukidnon, West Misamis Oriental and Iligan City, Belmonte said. On May 22, 2020, the group also attacked and killed an innoncent civilian in the village of Kawayan, San Fernando, Bukidnon and engaged the pursuing government troopers in a brief firefight. Col. Ferdinand Barandon, 403rd Brigade Commander, ordered a hot pursuit operation against the communist insurgents in a bid to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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57 stranded OFWs return home to Misamis Oriental

May 28, 2020

MISAMIS Oriental--The provincial government of Misamis Oriental extended assistance to 57 returning Overseas Foreign Workers (OFW) who arrived here a few days ago after being lockdown in Manila in 40-day. Provincial governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano said that the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force and the Disaster Risk Reduction Management extended the necessary protocol in the prevention of the COVID-19 virus to the returning OFWs. He said that 35 OFWs or Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) arrived on a “sweeper flight” in May 25 while 22 other OFWs arrived in the port of Cagayan de Oro on a “sweeper trip” May 26. The OFWs were escorted to the Barangay Isolation Unit in their respective towns where they will undergo a 14-day quarantine period under the supervision of the inter-agency task force, Dr. Jerie Calingasan, head of the provincial task force, said. An OFW identified only as “Teresa” said that she is relieved and happy to be home after a month of uncertainty while being on a lockdown in Manila. “I never would care being quarantined for as long as I am near my family unlike being caught in a lockdown with a mixture of fear, anxiety and psychological stress being away from the family,” Teresa said.

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CIDG files graft raps against 9 village officials in Normin

May 28, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) filed anti-graft charges against nine village (barangay) officials in Northern Mindanao in connection with the distribution of the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP). Col. Harold Ramos, CIDG regional director in Northern Mindanao, said that some officials came from Baungon in Bukidnon and Bulua in Cagayan De Oro City. He said that the village officials have reportedly violated the government’s SAP program that provides financial assistance to the displaced families due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The government, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) allocated P 945 billion under the SAP where qualified beneficiaries belonging to the low-income group would receive P 6,000 to P 8,000. On orders of President Duterte, the CIDG filed criminal charges against disqualified public officials that include village officials, mayors, and government officials who have reportedly availed of the financial aid.

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